Distracted driving in California

Distracted driving in California

In 2008, California motorists were prohibited from talking on hand-held cellular phones while driving. A ban on texting while driving followed in 2009. Studies since then have shown that even hands-free technology can be a significant distraction. 'Simply put, hands-free does not mean risk-free,' says one researcher from the AAA Foundation.


Russ Martin of AAA is hooked to an EEG-configured skull cap during a demonstration in support of their study on distracted driving. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)


 

AAA study on cell phones in cars: "Hands-free is not risk-free"

6:45 AM PDT, June 12, 2013

AAA study on cell phones in cars: "Hands-free is not risk-free"

Hands-free phone use while driving — for talking or, especially, for texting — is just plain dangerous, said researchers at the University of Utah who have studied distracted driving for more than a decade.

Wireless carriers to launch ad blitz against texting and driving

May 14, 2013

Wireless carriers to launch ad blitz against texting and driving

The country's largest wireless carriers have joined together for a national advertising campaign to discourage mobile users from texting while driving.

Driver ticketed for using iPhone's map app isn't giving up yet

6:34 PM PDT, April 25, 2013

Driver ticketed for using iPhone's map app isn't giving up yet

FRESNO — The Convicted Distracted Driver is sitting in a study carrel in the Cal State Fresno library, which, come to think of it, looks a little like a prison visiting room.

Beware, Siri: Even voice texting is dangerous while driving

12:18 PM PDT, April 23, 2013

Beware, Siri: Even voice texting is dangerous while driving

If you think your smartphone’s fancy voice recognition software lets you text safely while you are driving, think again.

In poll, young drivers admit texting, emailing, even watching movies

12:05 PM PDT, April 15, 2013

In poll, young drivers admit texting, emailing, even watching movies

In a new poll just released by Bridgestone Americas, 50% of young drivers admitted to talking on their phones without a hands-free device.

Right now, 660,000 U.S. drivers are phoning, texting behind the wheel

10:09 AM PDT, April 5, 2013

Right now, 660,000 U.S. drivers are phoning, texting behind the wheel

Look around you the next time you're on the road. Chances are, you'll see someone still holding a smart phone to their ear, someone else with the phone on the steering wheel as they text, another peering down at something in their lap rather than looking at the road in front of them.

Lawmaker gives thumbs down to 11-week-old hands-free texting law

7:00 AM PDT, March 18, 2013

Lawmaker gives thumbs down to 11-week-old hands-free texting law

It's been only 11 weeks since an exception allowing hands-free texting while driving took effect in California, but some lawmakers are giving it a thumbs down and want the change repealed.

Lawmakers look to further restrict teen drivers' use of mobile devices

7:33 AM PST, February 18, 2013

Lawmakers look to further restrict teen drivers' use of mobile devices

There are already a number of laws on the books in various states designed to thwart so-called distracted driving and teens and texting. But one California lawmaker thinks those laws must change to keep up with technological developments.

Quiz: How big a problem is texting while driving?

3:09 PM PST, November 9, 2012

Quiz: How big a problem is texting while driving?

You  don’t mean to text and drive. It’s just that the chime of a new text message alert is so powerfully seductive, it is almost impossible to ignore. And so against your better judgment, you reach for the phone on the passenger seat, in the cup holder or in your bag.

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